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C414 Unlabelled violin, stamped “Pique Paris”, Germany, late nineteenth century$ 2,700.00
This charming but curiously modelled violin has a silvery, sweet tone, which speaks easily and allows for dynamic subtlety. Despite the stamp “PIQUE PARIS” under the button on the back, neither the model nor the varnish bear any resemblance to the work of that maker. The flattish arching rises virtually from the purfling, the middle bout is very broad and the ‘f’ holes owe more to the “Amati” school than to any French Stradivari model, such as the one François Pique used.
Start sale price: $2,700.00
S368 Violin labelled “Giovanni Paolo Maggini”, Czechoslovakia, mid-late twentieth century$ 2,750.00
This is a very appealing-looking violin, with a slender waist and none of the beamy heaviness often associated with manufactured Maggini copies. The doubled purfling, extra turn of the scroll, elongated Brescian-style ‘f’ holes and long C bouts are all in keeping with this model. The attractive, one-piece back is enhanced by an amber-coloured varnish. The tone is clear, open and even.
Start sale price: $2750.00
C392 Labelled “Stradivarius”, Germany, early-mid twentieth century$ 2,800.00
This rather striking, red-gold coloured German violin, though labelled “Stradivarius”, is something of a hybrid: the outline is Stradivarian; the ‘f’ holes, scroll and arching owe more to Guarneri del Gesu; and the ‘f’ hole nicks follow Andreas Amati. The tone is rich and characterful, with an ease and clarity of production.
S321 Labelled “Michele Deconet… 2005” China, early twenty-first century$ 2,900.00
This is a very attractive-looking violin, with a golden orange-brown, lightly-antiqued varnish that enhances the appearance of the wood below. Michele Deconet was an eighteenth century Venetian maker of French birth, whose output was prolific but quite variable in style. Some small attempts have been made here to imitate the detail of his work, most notably in the narrow, tapering lower wings of the ‘f’ holes, though the upper wings are decidedly Stradivarian. The tone is clear and resonant, and particularly pleasing on the D and A strings.
S420 Violin labelled “Stradivarius”, Germany, late nineteenth or early twentieth century$ 3,000.00
This charming violin has a “birds-eye” maple back, ribs, neck and head, an unusual wood figure of which this is a very pretty example. The tone is both warm and clear, with an appealing character and a good balance across all four strings. Though made at a time when Germany’s violin manufacturing workshops were producing hundreds of thousands of violins every year, this violin has retained its own individuality.
Start sale price: $3,000.00
S431 Adam Houtman violin, Wellington, New Zealand, 1988$ 3,200.00
Adam Houtman is a Dutch-New Zealand amateur maker, who produced a number of instruments in the late twentieth and early twenty first century. The wood is generally well-chosen—the back plate on this instrument has a very handsome flame—and the broad-grained belly is cut exactly on the quarter to maximise arching strength. While the edge work is a little bulky, the ‘f’ holes are characterful and have been carved with a sure hand. The tone is pleasing, with an evenness of character throughout.
Start sale price: $3,200.00
S459 Violin labelled “Petrus Guarnerius”, Germany, late nineteenth or early twentieth century$ 3,200.00
Most German manufactured violins with a “Guarneri” label favour a link with the most famous member of the family, Bartolomeo Giuseppe, otherwise known as “del Gesu”. This violin is unusual in its attribution to Pietro Guarneri I, though ironically the actual style of the violin follows “del Gesu”, rather than the Amatese work of his uncle Pietro. The tone is delightful—clear and resonant, and full of character. The varnish, a warm-brown-coloured layer over a golden-yellow substrate, has been antiqued to simulate wear.
Start sale price: $3,200.00
S142 Carl Sandner “Stradivarius”copy violin, model “Rex”, Mittenwald, Germany$ 3,500.00
Carl Sandner was a good violin maker in his own right, but most of the instruments with this label are from the large violin manufacturing workshop he established in Mittenwald, in the Bavarian Alps. This is one of the workshop’s better models, hand-finished with a soft, amber-coloured spirit varnish, and with a well-selected, one-piece maple back. The tone is clear and resonant.
S226 “Mastri” 3/4 violin$ 3,500.00
“Mastri”, Markneukirchen, Germany 2010.
Mastri violins has produced a wide range of good quality student instruments since 2004, but its training and expertise are rooted in the violin making tradition of the Vogtland. This attractive small violin is varnished in the modern Markneukirchen style with a lightly antiqued, golden red-orange finish. The maple, one-piece back has a narrow, regular flame, and the violin is set up with good quality fittings and strings. The tone is surprisingly rich and resonant, fully justifying its price. The violin is accompanied by a modern case and good-quality pernambuco bow.
B831 Jim Forrest, Auckland 2010$ 4,000.00
This by contemporary New Zealand maker Jim Forrest violin has a narrow-waisted elegancy, amber orange oil varnish and a warm sound.
B912 3/4 size, Chinese, handmade, with hard case$ 4,000.00
This small sized cello is a good example of the better quality student instruments currently made in China. The wood of both back and belly is well selected and the fingerboard is of ebony.
S444 Unlabelled viola, South Africa, late twentieth century$ 4,500.00
This strongly and cleanly made 16 ¼” viola is possibly the work of the late Timothy Crake. While this cannot be confirmed, it is known that the back, ribs, neck and head are made of maple grown in South Africa. The wood not only has a handsome flame, but also a pronounced fleck, which sets it apart from more conventional European timbers. The modelling is influenced by the work of Guarneri del Gesu, and the tone is resonant and clear, with a good lower register.
Start sale price: $4,500.00
B934 3/4 size ‘Handarbeit aus Mittenwald’, Germany 1960$ 6,000.00
It is unusual to find smaller cellos of this quality, suitable for either a young but advanced student or someone of small build. The varnish is applied in the French Mirecourt style and the “Stradivari” modelling is slim and elegant. The cello comes with a bow and soft bag.
S128 Peter Madill, Dunedin, New Zealand 2013
Peter Madill has always been attracted by a particular German interpretation of the Amati School, with tapering ‘f’ hole wings and delicate, narrow edges. This recently-made violin has a sweet tone, provided by the scooped Amatese arching, coupled with evenness and clarity.
S345 Cello labelled “Kopie nach Josef Klotz Mittenwald”, Germany, late nineteenth or early twentieth century$ 6,000.00
Despite the attractively handwritten label, it is unlikely that this cello was made in the Bavarian violin-making town of Mittenwald. Although the outline and modelling follows the style of the famous Klötz family of luthiers, it is more likely to have been produced in the Markneukirchen area, further north. The tone is clear and pleasant, with a particularly good balance between the A and D, which, in contrast to many cello second strings, is strong and characterful.
Start sale price: $6,000.00
S353 Unlabelled, European, probably French, mid-late nineteenth century$ 6,500.00
With its crisply-cut edges and neatly-mitred rib corners, this violin has the hallmarks of good Mirecourt hand-work, though with a more transparent, golden varnish than one sees on violins from the large manufacturing workshops. The sound is clear, even and characterful, with quality and projection extending into the higher positions. The back and ribs are of well-chosen, handsomely-flamed maple.